I am often asked if lacquered (painted) cabinetry will hold up over time.  Will it last as long as stained wood cabinetry or plastic laminate (Formica) cabinetry.  The answer is “yes, no and maybe”.  Regardless of the type of finish, the most important consideration is the quality of the cabinetry.  High quality cabinetry is going to last longer than low quality products.  How well the cabinetry is maintained by the owner is another important factor.  Some of my clients are worried that painted cabinetry will chip or discolor.  I have a 20 year old kitchen which has both maple wood…

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